01 Overview

The Richie Brace is a custom ankle brace (ankle-foot orthoses) designed to treat chronic conditions of the foot and ankle.These are used in the clinic when more support is needed than using a foot orthosis.The Richie Brace’s lightweight, low-profile design is preferred by patients over traditional longer leg solid shell ankle-foot orthoses.

02 Details

What conditions is a Richie Brace used for?

FOOT DROP (also known as drop foot)

Foot Drop or “drop foot “is a condition where a person has difficulty lifting the front part of the foot. If you have foot drop, you might drag your toes across the ground during walking.  Patients compensate for this problem by lifting your knee higher. In mild cases of foot drop, you will hear and feel your foot “slap” on the ground during walking

Whether the condition is expected to be temporary or permanent, patients with foot drop are often prescribed ankle braces or ankle-foot orthoses (AFO braces) to improve stability in gait and prevent trips and falls.


An acquired flat foot is where the foot changes shape into a flattened position with a reduced arch profile, common causes for this include tendon rupture or dysfunction.

A Richie brace functions to support the foot and ankle to reduce the forces going through the foot.



Custom ankle-foot orthoses are used when long term treatment is anticipated, when there is a significant deformity or when specialized hinges are needed to control the ankle joint. These braces are almost always made of plastic and required custom fitting from a cast taken of the patient’s foot and leg.

The basic design of all Richie Braces includes:

  • Thin, lightweight plastic with no coverage in the back of the ankle: thus, no compromise of shoe fit
  • Custom moulded footplate for optimal support of the foot
  • Foot orthotic correction of deformity when the foot rolls inward (pronation) or outward (supination).
  • Single strap closure for easy application and removal
  • Sport stirrup brace design: no need to cover the entire leg.

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